IoT in the home has been a buzzword for the past few years – but it’s never quite made the mainstream breakthrough it promised. Until now.
Turning on the heating from your mobile phone might be useful on your way home on a cold winter evening. Being able to speak to the delivery man at the front door with a smart doorbell may mean fewer missed parcels.
But has IoT really made a significant impact to the way we live? Until now it’s arguably made life more comfortable but not more meaningful.
But today, senior citizens, a group so often characterised as technophobes, are driving change as IoT finally embraces AgeTech.
AgeTech is changing the way we live and communicate with our elderly family members. Seniors can now live independently for longer, with families having peace of mind that their loved one is well and going about their daily activities.
Connected IoT bed sensors can alert family members when the senior has gotten up in the morning. Sensors can detect room temperature and send reminders such as to drink more water on a hot day. A power surge sensor can detect when the kettle is turned on or the fridge door is opened. All these touch-points are indicators that the seniors day has begun.
But, it’s the humble family TV which is seeing the most significant transformation.
Almost every household up and down the country has an entire room dedicated to the TV. Today it is being transformed into the heart of the IoT home. No longer is it just an inbound entertainment device but it is evolving in to a multi-channel communication hub capable of two-way video calling.
Kraydel’s new system allows users, their family and their carers to not only make “sofa-to-sofa” calls but also to send messages and alerts such as medication reminders or simply a message to say good morning.
We are now gearing up for the next wave of innovation which is starting with video calling but which will soon lead to entire video based social networks, from telehealth to community and social groups. With this video calling capacity we’ll have the ability to better support independent living through everything from virtual physiotherapy and reminders to a future where seniors can actively engage with service providers (e.g. Healthcare workers or even their bank), helping them to manage their own lives for longer.
We can now begin to envisage a world where all devices in the home are connected through a single hub. One where data and analytics help manage the home or your elderly loved ones’ home, all intuitively accessed via the TV.
Welcome to the age of Kraydel.